Bada Bing, Bada Bicho: More Notes on Flesh-Season and the Murder of Maninho

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Vintage roleta with bichos. Source: Musem of the Policia Civil, Rio de Janeiro

Minutes before the start of Viradouro’s parade, on Monday night, José Carlos Monassa, patron of the school from Niterói, arrived in a weakened state, walking with difficulty and followed by a man carrying a chair so he could sit down if he got tired. Before arriving at the drum corps area, we was greeting by Anísio and the Captain and surrounded by policemen and even politicians. The image is one of the most visible signs of the relationship among the parallel powers during carnival season in Rio.

Maninho was executed on Tuesday evening as he left the Body Planet gym in Jacarepaguá. His death made the state security secretary aware of his indirect participation in an international drug-smuggling ring. Investigated by the federal police, the ring was allegedly in charge of shipping South American cocaine to Asia. Maninho allegedly lent money to, and financed business ventures of, a former surfer from the Southern Zone of Rio who is pointed to as the man in charge of one leg of the Rio-Jakarta connection, which in recent years has resulted in the arrest of five Brazilians who were trying to bring cocaine into Indonesia.

$R127 million a month — death of Maninho leaves 8,500 bicho shops without an owner. —October 2004 headline in Rio’s Extra

Miro, Maninho e Mirinho, faces do poder no carnaval do Rio: The Jornal do Brasil, from February 2005, reflects on the parallel powers that be and the farewell to the flesh-season.

I am just translating a little more back-story on the bicho-carnival connection — and the eternal myth of nice, non-narco vice — that I was taking notes on in

It is very common to hear this argument — “Better the bicho than the Traffic running Carnaval.”

But this is one of those cases in which the difference between the genteel (generally European-descended) bicho and the (generally black) naked savages of the traffic may not be so clear-cut.

Not that the assassination of Maninho, Maecenas of G.R.E.S. Viradouro, was ever clarified for the historical record, as far as I can dig up. Still digging.

The headline in the Extra daily (Rio) at the time (October 2004):

São R$ 127 milhões mensais –Morte de Maninho deixa sem dono 8.500 pontos de jogo”.

$R127 million a month — death of Maninho leaves 8,500 numbers shops without an owner.

Quando o Salgueiro começou o seu desfile, na noite de domingo, chamou a atenção do público das arquibancadas e camarotes, a presença de um jovem de 16 anos, ao lado da madrinha de bateria, a atriz Carol Castro. A cara de menino não conseguiu esconder os traços de semelhança com um personagem que se destacou durante anos no carnaval carioca. Waldomiro Paes Garcia Júnior, conhecido como Mirinho se tornou o sucessor do pai – Maninho, assassinado em setembro do ano passado-, à frente da escola da Tijuca.

When Salgueiro began its parade on Sunday night, spectators in the bleachers and boxes were struck by the presence of a young man of 16, marching beside the queen of the drum corps, actress Carol Castro. The boyish face could not conceal hints of a resemblance to a figure who played a prominent role in Rio carnival for years and years. Waldomiro Paes Garcia Júnior, known as Mirinho, was succeeding his father, Maninho, who was assassinated in September 2004, out in front of the carnival society from Tijuca.

Mirinho é o primeiro exemplo de renovação entre os contraventores, principais organizadores da festa. Exatamente, num momento, em que as escolas se utilizam cada vez mais de patrocínio para realizar seus desfiles.

Mirinho is the prime example of rejuvenation among the racketeers, who are the main organizers of the annual celebration, at the precise moment when the carnival societies are relying more and more on sponsorship to produce their parades.

O jovem se emocionou ao ver o telão de alta definição que trazia imagens do pai e do avô, Waldemir Paes Garcia, o Miro também falecido no ano passado. Além disso, na camisa dos integrantes da diretoria do Salgueiro viam-se fotos da dupla e as iniciais MM. Até no corpo da modelo Michele Rocha havia uma tatuagem com as letras. Os jogadores de futebol Romário, Edmundo e o cantor Jorge Benjor lamentaram a ausência de Miro e Maninho no Salgueiro.

The young man was moved to see images of his father and grandfather — Miro, who also died last year — on the high-definition big screen. Salgueiro leaders wore T-shirts with photos of the two men and the initials MM. Model Michele Rocha even bore a tattoo with those initials on her body. Football stars Romario and Edmundo and singer Jorge Benjor lamented the absence of Miro and Maninho.

– Eles fizeram muito pela escola e merecem todas as homenagens – comentou Benjor, pouco antes do desfile.

“They did a lot for this escola de samba and deserve these honors,” the singer said just before the parade began.

Mirinho chegou à avenida acompanhado por dois seguranças. A prática tem sido comum desde o assassinato do pai. Depois de se recuperar do trauma pelo assassinato de Maninho, o adolescente passou a coordenar os ensaios técnicos. No desfile se manteve tímido.

Mirinho arrived at the Sambadrome with two bodyguards, a common practice since his father was murdered. After recovering from the trauma of Maninho’s assassination, the teenager starting coordinating the technical rehearsals. During the parade, he kept a low profile.

– É uma honra substituí-lo – afirmou antes de ser suspenso pelos seguranças no fim do desfile do Salgueiro.

“It is an honor to take his place,” he said, shortly before his bodyguards whisked him away at the end of the parade.

O trabalho do jovem começa na verdade no carnaval de 2006. Na escola, diretores contam que apesar de ser vítima de uma fatalidade, Maninho já havia deixado uma série de decisões tomadas para para o desfile de domingo. Bastou ao jovem seguir a coordenadas do pai. Diferentemente do avô, Miro, Mirinho está bem longe de ocupar a cúpula da contravenção.

The young man’s work begins in earnest in 2006. Leaders of the school say that despite being the victim of a fatal incident, Maninho left a series of instructions behind for Sunday’s parade. All the young man had to do was follow his father’s orders. Unlike his grandfather, Mirinho is far from being a [top figure in the numbers rackers.]

A reverência aos contraventores não se limitou à escola da Tijuca. As homenagens foram feitas por outras agremiações como a Caprichosos de Pilares e a Grande Rio, que agradeceram o auxílio recebido do capitão Aílton Guimarães, presidente da Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba, e do presidente de honra da Beija-Flor, Aniz Abrahão David, o Anísio.

Reverence for the racketeers was not limited to the school from Tijuca. Homage wa also paid by such groups as the Caprichosos de Pilares and Grande Rio, who expressed gratitude for the help they received from “Captain” Guimarães, president of LIESA, and the honorary president of Beija-Flor, Anísio.

Aliás, um fato mostra bem a relação entre eles na avenida. Minutos antes do desfile da Viradouro, na noite de segunda-feira, José Carlos Monassa, patrono da escola de Niterói, entrou debilitado, caminhando com dificuldade, seguido por um homem que trazia uma cadeira para que ele se sentasse quando estivesse cansado. Antes de chegar ao recuo da bateria, ele foi recebido por Anísio e pelo Capitão Guimarães cercado por policiais e até por políticos. A imagem é uma das mostras sobre a relação entre os poderes durante o carnaval carioca.

An event that occured that evening illustrated this relationship. Minutes before the start of Viradouro’s parade, on Monday night, José Carlos Monassa, patron of the school from Niterói, arrived in a weakened state, walking with difficulty and followed by a man carrying a chair so he could sit down if he got tired. Before arriving at the drum corps area, we was greeting by Anísio and the Captain and surrounded by policemen and even politicians. The image is one of the most visible signs of the relationship among the parallel powers during carnival season in Rio.

The mighty, mighty drum corps — there is nothing else quite like it in the world — leads the way onto the avenue, then retires into a sort of cul de sac and marks time in place as the rest of the parade passes in review.

Papo do Samba [“Samba talk,” a zine on the Rio samba scene] clipped this O DIA item on the death of Maninho in October 2004:

As investigações sobre o assassinato do bicheiro Waldemir Paes Garcia, o Maninho, serão transferidas à Delegacia de Homicídios (DH). Segundo o chefe de Polícia Civil, delegado Álvaro Lins, o objetivo da mudança é agilizar a identificação dos matadores e, principalmente, do mandante do crime. Os policiais também deverão ouvir depoimentos de banqueiros do jogo do bicho, entre eles o de José Scafura, o Piruinha, que controla a contravenção na Abolição, Piedade, Méier e outros bairros do subúrbio.

Investigations into the assassination of bicho banker Maninho have been transferred to the Homicide Division. According to state police chief Lins, the case was transferred in order to speed the identification of the killers, and especially the person who ordered the hit. The police are also due to take testimony from bicho bankers, among them José “Piruinha” Scafura, who controls the rackers in Abolição, Piedade, Méier, and other suburbans neighborhoods.

Lins has since been accused himself of taking and coordinating bicho payoffs to police.

Elected to the state assembly in 2006, he now enjoys parliamentary immunity.

As O Globo reports, a leading composer of the Portela school reportedly lost his place of honor this year to a grandson of Piruinha:

Maior vencedor de sambas-enredo da história da Portela, com sete composições cantadas na Avenida, David Corrêa vai alçar vôo longe da águia de Madureira. O sambista largou a escola e defenderá a Mangueira em 2008. David não revela os motivos que o levaram a abandonar a azul e branco, mas a derrota para Júnior Scafura – neto do bicheiro José Carlos Scafura, o Piruinha – na disputa pelo samba do próximo carnaval teria sido a gota d´água para a sua saída.

The leading composer of winning sambas in the history of Portela, with seven compositions chosen to appear on the Avenue, Corrêa will now take wing far from the nest of the Madureira eagle. He has left Portela and will support Mangueira in 2008. He did not reveal his reasons for abandoning the blue and white, but his defeat at the hands of Júnior Scafura — grandson of bicho banker “Piruinha” Scafura — in the competition for this year’s samba-enredo, may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Back to the death of Maninho in 2004:

As investigações indicam que Maninho teria assumido alguns pontos de jogo pertencentes a um pequeno bicheiro do Méier, que morreu há alguns meses. Por uma espécie de ‘acordo de cavalheiros’ na cúpula da contravenção, os pontos caberiam a Piruinha. A iniciativa de Maninho teria provocado divergências entre os dois banqueiros. Piruinha não foi localizado pelo DIA para comentar sobre a futura intimação. A pressa da polícia em desvendar a morte de Maninho deve-se à possível guerra na contravenção.

Investigations indicate that Maninho took over some points of sale from a small-time bicho banker from Méier who died several months ago. By a sort of gentleman’s agreement among the big bicho bankers, those points of sale were to go to Piruinha. Maninho’s initiative reportedly caused a falling-out between the two of them. The eagerness of police to solve the crime is due to the risk of a war among the rackets.

Investigação aponta elo do morto com surfista traficante

Investigation points to connection of the dead man with a drug-dealing surfer.

Maninho foi executado terça-feira à noite, ao sair da academia Body Planet, em Jacarepaguá. Sua morte trouxe ao conhecimento da Secretaria de Segurança a participação indireta do contraventor em esquema de tráfico internacional de drogas. Investigada pela Polícia Federal, a quadrilha seria responsável por fazer chegar na Ásia a cocaína que sai da América do Sul. Maninho atuaria emprestando dinheiro e financiando negócios de um ex-surfista da Zona Sul apontado como responsável por um dos braços da conexão Rio-Jacarta (Indonésia), que nos últimos anos levou cinco brasileiros a serem presos tentando entrar com cocaína na Indonésia.

Maninho was executed on Tuesday evening as he left the Body Planet gym in Jacarepaguá. His death made the state security secretary aware of his indirect participation in an international drug-smuggling ring. Investigated by the federal police, the ring was allegedly in charge of shipping South American cocaine to Asia. Maninho allegedly lent money to, and financed business ventures of, a former surfer from the Southern Zone of Rio who is pointed to as the man in charge of one leg of the Rio-Jakarta connection, which in recent years has resulted in the arrest of five Brazilians who were trying to bring cocaine into Indonesia.

Criminoso teria festejado execução do bicheiro

Criminal allegedly celebrated execution of the bicho banker

A polícia desconhece se Maninho sabia como era usado o dinheiro que emprestava. Os investigadores também não sabem se a ligação do bicheiro com a quadrilha pode ter relação com sua execução. Há informações de que o ex-surfista comemorou com amigos o assassinato após deixar o velório de Maninho. A alegria era pelo fim da dívida com o banqueiro, provocada pelo atraso no pagamento de um empréstimo, devido à apreensão de uma carga de cocaína feita pela Federal.

The police do not know whether Maninho knew how the money he loaned was being used. Investigators also do not know whether the ties between the bicho banker and the drug-smuggling ring had anything to do with his death. There are reports that the former surfer celebrated the murder with friends after attending Maninho’s funeral. The cause for celebration was the canceling of his debt to Maninho, which stemmed from his inability to repay a loan when the federal police seized one of his cocaine shipments.

Miro piora e é internado

Miro worsens and is hospitalized

Waldomiro Paes Garcia, o Miro, pai de Maninho, foi internado numa clínica, pois seu estado de saúde, já frágil, piorou muito. No enterro do filho, quarta-feira, ele usava bomba de oxigênio para respirar, mas fumava um cigarro atrás do outro.

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Como o DIA noticiou ontem, a cúpula do bicho fez reuniões para discutir o assassinato. Nos encontros, os presentes disseram suspeitar de banqueiro do bicho da Zona Oeste, que teria agido sem o apoio do comando da contravenção. O chefe de Polícia Civil, Álvaro Lins, disse, sobre a apuração dos bicheiros, que “a que conta é a da polícia”.

As O DIA reported yesterday (October 2004), the top bicho bankers have been meeting to discuss the murder. At these meetings, the assembled bankers said they suspected a Western Zone bicho banker who acted without the sanction of the leadership of the rackets. Lins said, regarding the investigation conducted by the racketeers, that “the one that counts is the one done by the police.”

A investigação sobre a conexão Rio-Jacarta também foi descoberta pela cúpula do bicho. Alguns banqueiros, com medo de ser associados ao tráfico, alertaram Maninho. Entre os investigados por ligação com o ex-surfista está o carioca Marco Archer Moreira. Preso em agosto do ano passado com 13 quilos de cocaína no Aeroporto de Jacarta, foi condenado à morte e aguarda julgamento de recurso.

Police investigations into the Rio-Jakarta connection were also discovered by the leadership of the bicho rackets. Some bicho bankers, afraid of being associated with the traffic, alerted Maninho. Among those under investigation for ties with the former surfer is Marco Archer Moreira of Rio. Arrested at the airport in the Indonesian capital last year with 13 kilos of cocaine, he was sentenced to death and awaits the outcome of his appeal.

Who is this former surfer, anyway?

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